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Unannounced AMD Vega GPUs mentioned in macOS Mojave update

The unannounced Vega GPUs mentioned in the macOS Mojave update could signal the release of more powerful mobility graphics accelerators to match Nvidia's new lineup.  (Source: PCGamesN)
The unannounced Vega GPUs mentioned in the macOS Mojave update could signal the release of more powerful mobility graphics accelerators to match Nvidia's new lineup. (Source: PCGamesN)
The current mobility GPUs from AMD are not really a match for Nvidia's lineup, but htat could change in a few months. Data mined from the latest macOS Mojave mentions a total of twelve unannounced Vega 20 and Vega 10 GPUs. Some of these could end up in Apple's upcoming MacBook models, so it looks like AMD might attempt a comeback in the mobility sector.

New information about upcoming Vega GPUs has been “leaked” in Apple’s most recent macOS Mojave update. It looks like the new GPUs will mostly be laptop versions for upcoming MacBook models that are slated for the first quarters of 2019. This “leak” practically confirms the info found by Phoronix in a GPU update for the Linux OS last week.

While we know that the new Instinct GPUs are part of the Vega 20 family with codenames identified as MI50 and MI60, Phoronix has discovered five more Vega 20 chips in the Linux Kernel, plus another new model codenamed 0x66A4 in the Mojave update for macOS. The Vega 10 family is also getting 6 new models codenamed 0x6869, 0x686A, 0x686B, 0x686D, 0x686E, and 0x686F. Apple is thus expected to introduce new MacBooks and possibly new iMac models that feature unannounced AMD Vega GPUs some time in spring 2019.

All these new chips could be related to the upcoming 7 nm Navi GPUs that are also expected to make their debut in the first quarter of 2019. Since the mobility side of AMD's offer is currently not in great shape, these new chips may hopefully offer a decent alternative to Nvidia's laptop GPU lineup that is also getting updated with the new RTX 2000-series models in a few months.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-12-12 (Update: 2018-12-12)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.